It is an ongoing debate, whether or not a player would have a more successful career by winning one title and then playing for a mediocre side the rest of his career, or whether it is better to be consistently good while never winning a title.
This is a dilemma that is currently facing Robin van Persie and although he could never have foreseen his current circumstances, was it worth moving to Manchester United for one the one Premier League title?
After all, he could have stayed at Arsenal. He would most likely have become a club legend and would be compared with the likes of Thierry Henry and Dennis Bergkamp as one of the club's greatest ever goalscorers
However, he would be missing the elusive title that he so passionately desired.
That sparked his move to Manchester United and in one season his move to the Red Devils seemed to be justified as he lifted the Premier League trophy for the first time in his career.
But then Sir Alex Ferguson retired and David Moyes stepped in to fill his shoes.
Moyes needs time to learn about the club and what it takes to manage the beast that is Manchester United. That is time that Van Persie does not have.
He is approaching the twilight of his career and has no time to waste. Van Persie can not afford wasted seasons. He can not afford seasons where his club is in seventh place, seasons where he will not be playing Champions League football - and he can not afford seasons without silverware.
A football career is ephemeral and the sand in Van Persie's hourglass is steadily running out.
Arsenal would have given him consistent Champions League football, a regular finishing position inside the top four and a constant threat at winning some silverware even though they have not won anything for almost a decade.
Despite being consistently good, Arsenal lack the firepower to win the title. They can challenge every year, but it never seems like they will win it.
Manchester United have brought Van Persie a title though, the one he so coveted. But the future is bleak , with a struggling manager and possibly no European football next season.
So did Van Persie make the right choice? Was it worth it to win one title before having to settle for mediocrity when European football and a guaranteed top four finish was what he would have got if he never left?
In my humble opinion: winning a title is worth everything.
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